49 min

The Age of No Revolutions On the Nose

    • Politics

A broad spectrum of the American left agrees that the existing political system is not working—that it is dysfunctional, corrupt, anti-majoritarian, and utterly unable to address the serious economic, social, and ecological crises confronting the public. But despite pervasive exhaustion with the status quo, and despite omnipresent warnings about a looming constitutional threat from the radical right, there have been few signs of mobilization for a full-scale left-wing revolution since the 2020 uprisings against racism and police violence after the murder of George Floyd. Today, America’s most liberal cities have largely doubled down on carceralism, and the right has far more insurgent energy than the left. To discuss the dog that isn’t barking, David Klion spoke with Mike Duncan—the creator of the popular podcast Revolutions, which examines the history of ten historical upheavals in great detail—about what makes America in 2022 different from France in 1789 or Russia in 1917, and what it would take to see a real revolution.
Books, Articles, TV Shows, and Podcasts Mentioned:
Mike Duncan’s Revolutions and History of Rome https://thehistoryofrome.typepad.com/revolutions_podcast/ (podcasts)
https://bookshop.org/a/1530/9781541724037 (The Storm Before the Storm) by Mike Duncan
https://bookshop.org/a/1530/9781541730335 (Hero of Two Worlds) by Mike Duncan
https://bookshop.org/a/1530/9780679724674 (The Black Jacobins) by C.L.R. James
“https://www.thecut.com/article/dianne-feinstein-abortion-gun-civil-rights.html#_ga=2.116538756.381718568.1655143573-1672611386.1586182978 (The Institutionalist: Dianne Feinstein’s Long Fight for Abortion and Gun Control)” by Rebecca Traister
“https://newrepublic.com/article/163313/mike-duncan-turmoil-history-revolutions-podcast-lafayette-review (Mike Duncan Takes on the Turmoil of History)” by David Klion
Thanks to Jesse Brenneman for producing and to Nathan Salsburg for the use of his song “VIII (All That Were Calculated Have Passed).”

A broad spectrum of the American left agrees that the existing political system is not working—that it is dysfunctional, corrupt, anti-majoritarian, and utterly unable to address the serious economic, social, and ecological crises confronting the public. But despite pervasive exhaustion with the status quo, and despite omnipresent warnings about a looming constitutional threat from the radical right, there have been few signs of mobilization for a full-scale left-wing revolution since the 2020 uprisings against racism and police violence after the murder of George Floyd. Today, America’s most liberal cities have largely doubled down on carceralism, and the right has far more insurgent energy than the left. To discuss the dog that isn’t barking, David Klion spoke with Mike Duncan—the creator of the popular podcast Revolutions, which examines the history of ten historical upheavals in great detail—about what makes America in 2022 different from France in 1789 or Russia in 1917, and what it would take to see a real revolution.
Books, Articles, TV Shows, and Podcasts Mentioned:
Mike Duncan’s Revolutions and History of Rome https://thehistoryofrome.typepad.com/revolutions_podcast/ (podcasts)
https://bookshop.org/a/1530/9781541724037 (The Storm Before the Storm) by Mike Duncan
https://bookshop.org/a/1530/9781541730335 (Hero of Two Worlds) by Mike Duncan
https://bookshop.org/a/1530/9780679724674 (The Black Jacobins) by C.L.R. James
“https://www.thecut.com/article/dianne-feinstein-abortion-gun-civil-rights.html#_ga=2.116538756.381718568.1655143573-1672611386.1586182978 (The Institutionalist: Dianne Feinstein’s Long Fight for Abortion and Gun Control)” by Rebecca Traister
“https://newrepublic.com/article/163313/mike-duncan-turmoil-history-revolutions-podcast-lafayette-review (Mike Duncan Takes on the Turmoil of History)” by David Klion
Thanks to Jesse Brenneman for producing and to Nathan Salsburg for the use of his song “VIII (All That Were Calculated Have Passed).”

49 min